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Dr Arthur Chapman
UCL Institute of Education
University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Associate Professor in History Education
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education


Associate Professor, History in Education, IOE (2013 - )

Reader in Education, Edge Hill University (2010-13)

Lecturer in History in Education , Institute of Education, University of London (2008-10)

Senior Lecturer, Secondary History, University of Cumbria (2005-08)

Programme Team Leader Humanities, Truro College (2003-05)

Tutor OUSSA, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education (2000-11)

Head of History, Esher College (1996-2003)

Tutor in History, Media Studies, Sociology and Philosophy, Esher College (1993-2003)


Editor in Chief, History Education Research Journal (2019 - )

Deputy Director, Public History Weekly (2021 - )

Series Editor, Knowledge and the Curriculum (2020 - )

Series Editor, International Review of History Education (2018 - )

Editor, Teaching History (2007-13 & 2022 - )


Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (2012 - )

Honorary Fellow, the Historical Association (2012 - )


EdD History in Education, Institute of Education (2009)

PGCE History / English (Distinction), University of East Anglia (1993)

MPhil Social and Political Science, Trinity College, University of Cambridge (1991)

BA Honours History (1st Class), Trinity College, University of Cambridge (1989)

Research Groups
Research Summary

I research History in Education, the History of History Education and Public History.

In History in Education my special areas of interest include children's historical thinking, teaching and learning about historical interpretations and children's thinking about historical explanation.

In Public History I am particularly interested in public discourse around history and the uses of the past in contemporary societies.

I am currently engaged in classroom research on children's thinking about historical narrative and on intervention studies to improve causal reasoning.

I am the IOE co-investigator on the KOSS Network, focused on Knowledge and Quality in Subject Education, funded by the Swedish Research Council.


Teaching Summary

Teaching and Academic Leadership

  • Academic Head of Learning and Teaching in the Centre for Doctoral Education. 
  • Programme Leader, Doctor in Education (EdD)
  • Module Leader, Approaches to Educational Research (Online PhD)
  • Module Leader, Research and the Theoretical Field (Online PhD)

Research Superivision

  • I am interested in supervising doctoral research in all areas of History in Education, Historical Theory and Public History.

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